Online Learning and Single Parents

Online Learning and Single Parents

In many instances – too many instances – talented students drop out of school when they learn they’re going to have a baby. They might plan on returning to school at some point, but often that doesn’t happen; the responsibilities of a career and of raising children can make going back to school seem impossible. But distance learning now makes it much easier for single parents to at last earn that degree, and the extra income that comes with it.

If you’re a single parent taking advantage of online learning, you don’t have to worry about who’ll watch the children when you’re taking classes. Rather, you can learn and complete coursework while the kids are in the same room: watching a video, playing with a toy or napping. Just make sure they’re able to keep the noise down. If your kids want to watch a TV show or movie while you’re studying, have them wear headphones. Likewise, find age-appropriate ways of explaining to them how important your e-classes are, and why interruptions must be kept to an absolute minimum during study hours.

Online learning makes it much easier to complete your education in bite-sized bits that fit your hectic schedule. You can watch half of a video lecture, for instance, then take the kids for a walk, and then return to your desk to pick up the lecture where you left off. In addition, e-learning allows you to go at your own speed. Some adults have some trouble at first adjusting to the rhythms of education when they’ve been out of the classroom for years; their skills might be a little rusty. But with distance learning, you can linger over your lessons, and replay videos of lectures several times until you’ve got the material down pat. This way, it’s easier to get back in the groove, and no doubt you’ll be picking up the pace in no time.    

Finally, e-learning allows you to save money – lots of money. You don’t have to worry about commuting to your school of choice (a major relief considering current gas prices), and you don’t have to buy a bunch of expensive textbooks, either. Also, many government and private scholarships and grants are specifically targeted to single parents who take distance learning courses, so do plenty of research to discover what funds you qualify for before you sign up for any online courses.

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Apr 27, 2012